Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, DIY belly dance costuming book by Dawn Devine aka Davina

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Bedlah, Baubles and Beads
by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

"Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads" is a book about designing and crafting the elaborate bra and belt sets worn by contemporary belly dancers. Also known as "dance oriental" and "raks sharki," belly dancing has numerous sub-styles that are defined not only by their movement vocabulary, but also by their distinctive costuming.

The first part of the book provides a conceptual framework by starting with a history of this costuming style and its origins here in the United States. From there, it concentrates on introducing the reader to design principles, methods, and techniques for developing figure-flattering styles.

The second part presents the materials, tools, and processes for putting together an elaborately decorated bra and belt set. Step-by-step illustrations for applying beads, a fabric shopping guide, and directions for constructing the bra and belt bases are all illustrated with descriptive diagrams to aid the reader. Finally, the book finishes with a portfolio of styles and ideas for expanding the performance wardrobe. From skirts to accessories, these chapters introduce the essential garments that transform the bra and belt into a complete costume.

Detailed topics include:
• Step-by-step illustrations of beading techniques, including back stitch, couching, tambour beading, scatter beading, and more.
• Directions for making high-quality bedlah, from concept to finished costume.
• Techniques for developing beading patterns using clip art sources and transforming images into dynamic designs.
• Fitting and covering bras and belts. An extensive bibliography is included.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 stars (75)
  • denise Mar 13, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    I received my book in the mail just yesterday, and I am half-way through my (first) reading! It is just packed full of information, and fascinating! I am devouring the historical parts in the beginning, and learning so many new things about this beautiful, mysterious fabric! This book is so readable and engaging--never dry, and I have not even gotten to the "Inspiration Gallery" of photos to drool over. Thank you, Dawn, for this gift to us. All your years of hard work and research gives such a rich dimension to this beloved textile. Now when I see it, I will not just see its obvious beauty, but will know so much more! Awesome, awesome, awesome!
    I received my book in the mail just yesterday, and I am half-way through my (first) reading! It is just packed full of information, and fascinating! I am devouring the historical parts in the beginning, and learning so many new things about this beautiful, mysterious fabric! This book is so readable and engaging--never dry, and I have not even gotten to the "Inspiration Gallery" of photos to drool over. Thank you, Dawn, for this gift to us. All your years of hard work and research gives such a rich dimension to this beloved textile. Now when I see it, I will not just see...
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  • beckysfelt Oct 8, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    This item was exactly as described on the website. It arrived in a timely manner. I appreciate the care the owner gave a it arrived in great condition. I am very pleased with this owner and her attention to detail.
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    5 out of 5 stars
    This is what I need to get my sewing projects organized and in progress! Thank you for these!
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  • Ky Nguyen-Zubroski Jun 18, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    I had forgotten I ordered this so it was a happy surprise to find it in my mailbox! It's exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
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